Tuesday, February 7, 2012

colors of Huckleberry

I came late to THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. I was in my thirties. I remember the unusual effect it had on me, apart from narrative, theme, plot, characterization. The only other time I've had a similar unusual reaction was when I listened one day to orchestral excerpts of Wagner's RING cycle. In the latter case, I heard the music in deep yet vibrant colors. With ole Huck, I was reading in colors -- rich, swirling hues of nightshade purple, black-cat black, and shimmering indigo. Especially the sense of indigo -- I could almost taste it. One day, I need to get my head examined.

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